Competitive exams such as JEE main and advanced, NEET UG 2020, UGC-NET, among others which have just been delayed will be also postponed and liable to push the undergraduate and postgraduate admission plan past July-August 2020, that as well if the lockdown is lifted in May. This came after various state governments extended the lockdown for another fortnight, and with more states liable to stick to this same pattern.
JEE main and advanced, NEET UG 2020, UGC-NET Exams to Get Further Postponed
With more than 30 school education boards either yet to finish their board exams or postponing their exam procedure because of the lockdown, the results will be also postponed. The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) and Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) needed to postpone their class X and XII exams, suspend their evaluation procedure and should accept an approach April 15, post the 21-day lockdown. However, with certain states previously declaring the expansion of the period till the end of this current month, sources said that sheets should keep holding up till the lockdown is lifted.
According to a MHRD source, “Now the examinations will have to be further postponed. Earlier this month, CBSE had already decided to cut down the number of subjects for which class X and XII board exams are to be rescheduled.” CBSE announced that it will conduct exams for only 29 of the 41 pending subjects.
Under such a circumstance, as indicated by a CBSE source, the board may even need to reconsider the decision to conduct an examination of even the 29 subjects.
“There are three options left with the board – first being to conduct the remaining examination and the evaluation process post the lockdown period, which will delay declaration of the results. The second option is to conduct the exams and evaluate the answer scripts if allowed during the lockdown, in which case we may be able to declare the results by June 2020. The third option is to start evaluation for which exams were already conducted, cancel the rest of the exams and evaluate them based on internal assessment. The schools have already submitted the internal assessment marks and those were already uploaded. So marks will be granted based on the internal assessment, in which case we will be able to declare the results by June.”
As per a senior government source, the MHRD is probably going to request state governments and HEIs to propel their mid-year break and revive when the lockdown gets over to conduct the pending exams. During this time the institutions will be approached to conduct classes online and leave the viable practical for the post lockdown period.